Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 23 April 2013 12:34Some teachers agonize about students bouncing off the walls at this point in the school year.
But Collette Haslett, fifth-grade teacher at Hillsboro Elementary School, is pleased so far with the way her students are bouncing on their seats.
Last Monday, Haslett launched a trial run to see how her students would respond to sitting at their desks on inflatable yoga balls instead of traditional chairs.
“In the past I had heard of special ed teachers using the balls with students who...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 23 April 2013 12:33After less than two hours of deliberation, a jury decided last Tuesday that a former McPherson College football player was not guilty of second-degree murder in the beating death of Tabor College student Brandon Brown last fall.
A McPherson County jury of seven men and five women began deliberating shortly before noon in the seven-day of trial for 20-year-old Dallas native Alton Franklin.
Prosecutors alleged Franklin attacked Brown during party at a McPherson residence in September, and that co-defendant and fellow McPherson College football player DeQuinte Flournoy held Brown down.
By Tuesday afternoon, Franklin was being discharged from the McPherson County Jail and released from a $250,000 bond.
Two witnesses testified...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 23 April 2013 12:32With the dust settling following the end of the regular legislative session in Topeka and the wrap-session set for May 8, USD 410 Superintendent Steve Noble sees a mixed bag for K-12 education resulting from the 2013 session.
On the positive side, Noble gives a thumbs-up to Senate Bill 128, which is intended to encourage public schools to expand their career and technical training offerings by providing additional funding.
“I think it was well crafted,” Noble said. “The governor put money where his mouth is.
He said with budget cuts in recent years, districts have been hesitant to send students to places like area tech centers, tech school or junior college because of transportation expenses.
“This bill allows schools to...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 23 April 2013 12:30
Michelle Bosworth of Hillsboro and Lloyd and Nicholas Davies of Marion, (pictured from left), spent more than one hour collecting litter along the rocky spillway area of Marion Reservoir Saturday as part of the annual cleanup day.
The 11th annual Marion Reservoir Cleanup Day drew more than 25 volunteers, who picked up trash around the reservoir as well as all connecting waterways and riparian zones. Davies said the volunteers were split into three groups in order to hit “hot” spots such as Cottonwood Point and Durham Cove.
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 16 April 2013 12:36Marion County, along with most of Kansas, experienced yet another blast of late winter as freezing participation coated trees, plants, wheat fields—well, anything outdoors—with a layer of ice last Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning. The storm left magical images, including an ice-encased peach-tree bud (left photo). But the ice also caused some damage, particularly to Bradford pear trees that had just come into full bloom the previous day.The one pictured below snapped into several pieces, causing minor damage to a car parked along Grand Avenue in Hillsboro. By Thursday morning the clouds had disappeared and the morning sun lit up the outdoors, including the Statue of Liberty replica at Memorial Park. By Friday the ice was...
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